The Anna special run-off Election on July 20 will finally decide who will fill City Council’s vacant Place 6 seat. The race is between the top two vote-getters in the special election on June 15, Dick Dowd and Tiffany Burleson.
Council’s Place 6 seat has been vacant since April 9 when council member Becky Glover resigned. Glover gave up her spot due to employment reasons as she was relocated to Vancouver, Wash. The winner of the run-off will fill her unexpired term.
Early voting started on Wednesday and will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday. The last early voting day will be Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Election Day, July 20. All voting will be held at Anna City Hall.
Find out more about the candidates below in their formal questionnaires submitted to the Tribune.
Name: Tiffany Burleson
Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom, certified teacher, bus driver and substitute teacher
Position for which you are running: Anna City Council Place 6
Previous experience with city or school district: I have been a substitute teacher, as well as an aide for our students with special needs bus route. I recently obtained my CDL Class B drivers license and plan to have a bus route next school year. I am involved with the PTA at Joe K. Bryant Elementary. I was newly elected as the president for the upcoming school year. I have also enjoyed coaching and volunteering with AYSA. Being a certified school teacher
Why are you running?: I feel it is important for me to be involved within the growth of our community. I enjoy being involved within the schools and our city. As a citizen and a parent, I feel it is important to stay involved and do what I can to benefit others.
What would you like to change?: I do not look at this election as what "I" would like to change, but as what "WE" can change. I do not live in this community alone, therefore I do not feel I should make any changes alone. I look forward to becoming a potential voice for the citizens of Anna and look forward to the changes WE can make together.
Why are you the best candidate for the position?: As far as what makes me the best candidate…honestly, I’m not sure. I do not know the other candidate and do not like to compare myself to others. I decided to become involved with City Council so that I can help make a difference in a positive manner.
Name: Richard D. (Dick) Dowd
Occupation: Retired USAF veteran with 20 years service to my country. Moved to Anna in 2005 and formally retired.
Position for which you are running: Anna City Council Place 6.
Previous experience with city or school district: I am currently a Director on the Greater Texoma Utility Authority representing the City of Anna.
Why are you running: Since last summer, I have attended the majority of City Council meetings, with the exception of the past holiday season. I immediately noticed the lack of seniors and/or veterans on the council. It is my desire to provide a voice for those of us who are living on a fixed income as well as the veterans. My wife of 35 years and I attend most city functions. We are invested in this community.
What would you like to change?: The Anna water and sewer system is currently operating at it’s maximum capacity. We have all just witnessed the importance of water to our community. I would like to ensure that the citizens of Anna continue to receive the same service that we have become accustomed to receiving. Our population is expected to double in the next 10 years. Every citizen has the right to expect the same standards moving forward.
Why are you the best candidate for the position?: When elected I will become the only senior/veteran on the council. I will be able to provide a new slant on issues that come before the council. I am one of the co-founders of the Anna Area Veterans Post #194 and hold the position of commander. I did this with the full intention of supporting the Veterans and their families here in Anna.